Lauren & Ben

by | Sep 6, 2022 | Invitations, Real weddings

Today we’re thrilled to feature the adorable couple, Lauren & Ben. The newlyweds have actually been best friends since elementary school.  Throughout high school and college they would spend hours talking on the phone multiple times a day. Fast forward to post college and the couple finally began “dating.”  They soon realized that forever was in their future…

When the groom decided to propose to Lauren, he chose to do it on April 3rd, his grandfather’s birthday. Ben’s grandpa played a very special part in his life and he was also his role model. Lauren was joyfully surprised when Ben show up unexpectedly in Florida to ask her to be his wife. According to the bride,  “the man of my dreams got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was truly like a fairytale.” 

“Kathryn’s was the first place I went to look at dresses. I had always heard amazing things about the store. I had so many different ideas of what I wanted and had no idea where to start.  My stylist, Tammy, was amazing and helped me find a few different styles and then narrowed it down to what I actually liked. I never assumed that I would find my dress at my first appointment but Tammy was able to figure out exactly what I wanted and I said yes to the dress! 

“I loved working with her so much that it was a no brainer when I heard she does invitations, too. She made the process so easy. She knew my style and gave honest opinions. I had so many compliments on our invites and everyone kept asking where I got them! I’m so blessed to have had Kathryn’s as such a big part of my day! Thank you so much for everything!” 

The couple’s wedding took place at the lovely Crystal Lake Country Club. The photographer, Christi Elizabeth said, “The venue lent itself perfectly for hosting a beautiful wedding- the rows of mature trees to have a ceremony under, an outdoor patio for cocktail hour, and a ballroom the perfect size to hold everyone important to you yet still feel cozy. The weather was an ideal 75, and for most of the day there was not a cloud in the sky- literal perfection! And while the setting was certainly coordinated to a tee, the thing that made this day sparkle was Lauren and Ben’s love for each other. Happy tears we’re abounding! There were so many unique and sentimental moments: exchanged letters before getting ready, Lauren’s first look with her dad, time spent with both the newest family member (the bride’s 6 week old niece!) and the groom’s grandma whose own marriage boasted 60 years! Every part of the day held so much love and meaning,”

Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs. Kruse!

Vendor Love:

Photographer: @christielizabetht 

Venue: Crystal Lake Country Club  

Wedding Dress Shop: Elysee  for Kathryn’s Bridal

Hair Stylist: Ashley Matthews with Blue Tangerine Salon 

Makeup Artist: Felicia DeLeon // Rings: Dalzell & Co.   

Bride’s Shoes: Kelly & Katie Hildie Pump  

Groom’s tux: Kathryn’s Bridal 

Invitations/ Other Paper Goods: Kathryn’s Bridal 

Mother of the Bride gown:  @MonCheri for @kathrynsbridal 

Florist: Petals n’ Bloom  

Wedding Planner: Monarch Creative Events, Alexa McNish 

Cake/ Dessert: Konrad’s Bakery 

Caterer: Crystal Lake Country Club  

DJ: Music in Motion, Tim Hicks 

Videographer: Old North Film Co

Bride: @laurenn_kruse


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